Selected Poems by Tony Harrison

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Anyway, you have to have this collection on your shelves...Harrison's Collected Poems comes in at 474 pages; this is 200 fewer. A Collected Works, on the other hand, would run to many volumes, and none of his stage or film verse is included here.
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A revised edition of Tony Harrison's award-winning Selected Poems

This indispensable new selection of Tony Harrison's poems includes over sixty poems from his famous sonnet sequence The School of Eloquence and the remarkable long poem 'v.', a meditation in a vandalized Leeds graveyard which caused enormous controversy when it was broadcast on Channel 4 in 1987 and is now regarded as one of the key poems of the late twentieth century.

This substantially revised and updated edition now also features a generous selection of Harrison's most recent work, including the acclaimed poems he wrote for the Guardian on the Gulf War and then from the front line in the Bosnian War which won him the Wilfred Owen Award for Poetry in 2007.

Selected Poems is a collection to be savoured by fans of Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney, Simon Armitage and Sophie Hannah.

'A voracious appetite for language. Brilliant, passionate, outrageous, abrasive, but also, as in the family sonnets, immeasurably tender' Harold Pinter

'In the front rank of contemporary British poets. Harrison's range is exhilarating, his clarity and technical mastery a sharp pleasure' Melvyn Bragg

'The poem "v." is the most outstanding social poem of the last twenty-five years. Seldom has a British poem of such personal intensity had such universal range' Martin Booth

'Poems written in a style which I feel I have all my life been waiting for' Stephen Spender

'A poet of great technical accomplishment whose work insists that it is speech rather than page-bound silence' Sean O'Brien, The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry

 

About Tony Harrison

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Tony Harrison was born in Leeds in 1937 and now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. His collections of poetry include The Loiners, Continuous, v, A Cold Coming, Laureate's Block and most recently Under the Clock - published as a Pocket Penguin for Penguin's 70th birthday in May 2005. Recognized as Britain's leading theatre and film poet, Harrison has written extensively for the National Theatre, the New York Metropolitan Opera, the BBC and Channel 4. He is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Royal Television Society Award, the European Poetry Translation Prize and the Prix Italia.
 
Published February 2, 2006 by Penguin. 277 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Mar 12 2013

Anyway, you have to have this collection on your shelves...Harrison's Collected Poems comes in at 474 pages; this is 200 fewer. A Collected Works, on the other hand, would run to many volumes, and none of his stage or film verse is included here.

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